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You Look Like That Girl

Posted on July 30, 2016 at 2:00 AM

Lisa Jakub was a child actor who started at the young age of 4. She starred alongside Robin Williams and Sally Field in Mrs. Doubtfire and had a role in Independence Day. Retiring at 22, she now resides in Virginia with her husband.


In 2015, Lisa wrote a book called “You Look Like That Girl”. She talks about what it was like being a child actor, what it felt like to meet Princess Diana and what it felt like having a broken back after sustaining an injury while on set at the young age of 11. She recovered, but for years, she suffered pain, spasms and nerve damage.


The most amazing thing I found out about her 18 year career in the film industry is what Robin Williams did. Robin wrote a letter to the school that kicked Lisa out because they didn't have the time to deal with Lisa constantly being on location and having her teachers constantly giving her the work she needed to do on set so she could keep up with the rest of her class. Lisa was cheated out of an eduction that she deserved. He explained that she wanted to continue her education while she was on location. He tried his best to convince them to allow her back, but they wouldn’t have any of it.  Robin Williams cared about people, he had a heart of gold. No matter what he was going thru, all he wanted to do was make sure that the people around him were taking care of.


“When I was 14 years old, I went on location to film Mrs. Doubtfire for five months, and my high school was not happy. My job meant an increased workload for teachers, and they were not equipped to handle a “non-traditional” student. So, during filming, they kicked me out."

(Quoting Lisa from her blog and giving her blog a quick shout out. https://lisajakub.net/)


She felt more at home on the set then in the classroom. Feeling like the new kid every time you walked thru the front door is awkward, especially when people saw you in a commercial the night before. I don’t blame her for retiring at a young age to pursue other things. She wanted to stop pretending to be someone else and wanted the chance to be herself.


The book store that I go to doesn't sell her book. (Damn you Canadian stories, get with the times. Its 2016.) So I went old school and checked it out at the library and I read it cover to cover in 2 days. When I find a good book I don’t put it down until I finish it. When someone you grew up watching makes you ask yourself “whatever happened to her?” you automatically want to know everything that she’s been doing since that one film back in 1994. It’s like catching up with an old friend. I’m glad to hear that she’s happy and doing well. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

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